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Dentist Salary in Virginia - VA

Virginia is an inviting place for dental professionals looking for a place to begin their career. The State of Virginia is the twelfth most populated state in the United States, with a population of 7,769,100 in 2008 and has had a growth rate of 11 percent since 2000. The median household income of those living in Virginia is $62,000 and approximately 29 percent of the population has a bachelor’s degree or higher. 

Dentists’ salaries are among the highest of occupations in Virginia that require a bachelor’s degree. According to data from The State of Virginia’s Workforce Connection, a yearly median salary of $166,400, or $80 per hour, may be considered the norm.

National salary trends are compiled by the job posting website indeed.com and according to its data, salaries for dentists in Virginia are four percent higher than salaries elsewhere in the United States and in cities such as Arlington and Alexandria, up to 15 percent higher. A dentist in Virginia can expect to make a salary of $156,000 per year. Salary trends for dentists in the following Virginia cities are:

  • Arlington, $172,000
  • Richmond, $137,000
  • Virginia Beach, $121,000
  • Norfolk, $121,000
  • Chesapeake, $121,000
  • Alexandria, $172,000
  • Portsmouth, $121,000
  • Hampton, $119,000

For dentists who have specialties, opportunities exist at medical facilities such as the University of Virginia Medical Center, Saint Mary's Hospital, Lynchburg General Hospital and Inova Fairfax Hospital.


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